Are We Human, Or Are We Dancer?

Luke 8:26-39 In the Killer’s song, Human, the group seemingly uses incorrect grammar when they ask: are we human, or are we dancer with the singular form of “dancer”. But there’s a point to it. It calls our attention to the word. And then, we dig deeper. See, the Killers are not singing about you […]

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Spirit: Audience Participation Required

John 14:8-12; 15-17; 25-27    It happens to me a lot. I’m performing in a show, a theatrical production, for the company I work for, called Without a Cue Productions. In our shows, unknowing audience members walk into a situation they probably didn’t expect. That is, if they don’t read the fine print. Our shows […]

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Divine Doubt, Lasting Life

John 20:19-31   Let’s engage in a creative exercise, shall we? If you’re willing, join with me. Do you remember the first time you ever heard the story about Jesus of Nazareth dying on a cross and then rising to life? Were you a kid? A youth? An adult? Who told you the story? Did you […]

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Beloved Rising Up

John 20:1-18 Well, well, here we are. It’s the Easter/Resurrection story. Now I don’t know how you interpret this, or how it makes you feel. If you’re someone who thinks it’s BS, stay with me; your insight is needed in this conversation. If you’re someone who isn’t sure what it means, keep at it; your […]

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Reflection: On Being podcast with Joy Ladin

For the last few months, I have been involved with the Civil Conversations project in partnership with Interfaith Philadelphia. The main idea behind this is to create safe spaces where people can learn about and discuss important and controversial social issues related to identity and living, not avoiding conflict but seeking understanding. I’ve been fortunate […]

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Interfaith Encounters Final Day

Our week came to an amazing close on Friday. We started with a visit to Bait-ul-Aafiyat Mosque – Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a dynamic, fast growing international revival movement within Islam. Founded in 1889, it spans over 206 countries with membership exceeding tens of millions. Its current headquarters are in the […]

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Interfaith Encounters Day 5

On a rainy Wednesday, we were fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Repair the World, Wepac, and W. C. Longstreth School. WePAC’s mission is to promote childhood literacy by engaging volunteers in Philadelphia public schools through re-opening and staffing libraries and academic mentoring. In their vision, every Philadelphia student will be empowered with […]

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Interfaith Encounters Day 4

Our day began with outdoor gardening work at the aptly-named urban oasis, Girarden, so named because of its location on Girard Ave. in West Philly. Muneerah and Sue, our two wonderful hosts, walked us through the work to be done–weeding, trash detail, prep for planting. The group got a lot done and we enjoyed the […]

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